The Yardbirds was a British band which launched the careers of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. The Yardbirds played a significant role in introducing blues standards like Smokestack Lightnin’ and I’m A Man to British audiences in the early 1960’s.
The Yardbirds played with blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson during a British tour.
Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds in February 1965 to join John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers. Jimmy Page left the Yardbirds in 1968 to form Led Zeppelin.
Here is a documentary called the The Yardbirds Story:
Here is a video of former Yardbirds guitarist Jimmy Page, who went on to form Led Zeppelin, at the Oxford Union discussing the development of British rock, The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin and other topics which will interest our readers.
Would you like to leave a comment or question about anything on this page?